Articles | Volume 15, issue 9
Biogeosciences, 15, 2587–2599, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-2587-2018
Biogeosciences, 15, 2587–2599, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-2587-2018

Research article 04 May 2018

Research article | 04 May 2018

Functional trait responses to sediment deposition reduce macrofauna-mediated ecosystem functioning in an estuarine mudflat

Sebastiaan Mestdagh et al.

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We studied how invertebrate communities of mudflats are affected by sudden deposition of sediment. We applied sediment layers of different thickness to mudflat communities and studied how their densities, diversity, and behaviour and the exchange of oxygen between the bottom and the water column changed. We found that some species easily diminish in numbers, while others become more active after deposition. The interaction of all species effects influences the environment, i.e. oxygen exchange.
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